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Eco-film series, not all fluff

Eco-film series sponsored by Cascadia Wildlands Project and the University of Oregon Survival Center in Eugene has showings Wednesday nights.
Environmental awareness is a year round endeavor. Winter weather prevents some from getting out into the forest and directly experience nature at its best, and worst making it easy to overlook the fragile state of the environment today.
Cascadia Wildlands Project and the University of Oregon Survival Center have teamed up to remind you of the importance of environmental awareness, both locally and globally, by bringing you "Eco-Video-the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," an environmental film series running a gamut of film subjects in order to keep reality exposed.
With showings Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in room 100 Willamette on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, the film series covers topics ranging from direct action documentaries to revenge-seeking frogs.  
"We wanted to show that eco-video doesn't just show pretty animals," said Mick Garvin, Cascadia Wilderness Project board member.
Garvin, an eco-film connoisseur, brainstormed the film list and proposed the series to Cascadia Wildlands Project Josh Laughlin and the Survival Center. Laughlin hopes that the showings become an annual event.   
"We just wanted to get people together, have some popcorn and a little fun, and explore some environmental issues," Laughlin said.  
Last weeks showing was "The Burning Season," a biographical film based on the struggle of Chico Mendez and other Brazilian rubber tappers against the takeover of corporate farmland.  
Next week? "pickAx Undux," the director's un-cut version of the local documentary giving an inside look at the Warner Creek campaign and the "Salvage Rider" road crew.  
"It's the first time I've ever encountered that kind of intense video action," said Garvin of the upcoming film.  
The Cascadia Wildlands Project works to protect native forests and to restore wild areas that have been degraded by industrial forestry. Weekly hiking trips to nearby timber sales leave Sundays from the Grower's Market in Eugene (454 Willamette St.) at 10 a.m..
"We've given a lot of exposure to not just the Cascadia Wildlands Project but to the threatened old growth forest in our own backyard," said Laughlin.  
For more information on the Cascadia Wildlands Project go to www.cascwild.org.